Sunday, September 4, 2016

Story of the Bible

OMG!!  A SOTW format regarding the Old and New Testaments of the Bible?!  I really didn't know what to do with myself when I came across these at the last homeschool conference I attended.  I was sold immediately, but I had to put on my poker face so that I could get a good deal for both sets!

We have been using these for about 5 weeks now and I am absolutely thrilled with the product.  (Please note that I am in no way affiliated with TAN books who produces Story of the Bible or Story of Civilization.  I am merely a very excited Catholic mom who has found a great resource.)

See my post on the Story of Civilization for the history curriculum we use. 
We got the Old and New Testament sets and this is the video lecture series for the New Testament.

Dramatized audio book

Here is a sample map from the chapter on Abraham. 
The children enjoyed coloring this page from the Activity book on Joseph's dream.  The children color while they are listening to the audio book.  This helps the children internalize.  (There is a formal Montessori quote from one of her books on this topic, but I couldn't find it.  So.....I gave up.)

Sample crossword puzzle from the chapter on Joseph. 

The kids had a good time make the craft for Noah's ark.  They colored and cutout the shapes here and in the picture below.

My previous post on Story of Civilization has a few more details of the sets.  Be sure to check it out!

Story of Civilization

Yay!  The Catholic version of Story of the World!  For those of you who have read my previous post on Story of the World, you might be confused by my sudden excitement with another History Curriculum that is essentially the same thing.  Well, if you are Catholic, like us, this is a very huge deal.  We were about to dive into Volume II of SOTW (Story of the World), but were warned of how that might affect the way you have to teach those years of history.  Short story, it's not very Catholic and we don't want to spend the majority of our time explaining to our kids the differences and defending our faith when we shouldn't have to.  Let's wait for the kiddos to get a little bit older for all of those good times to start rolling through!

We have been using this for about 5 weeks now and I am pleasantly surprised with how similar it is to SOTW and how the kids have really taken to it.  Kui especially loves the chapter video summaries because at the end, there are quizzes, image reveals, word searches, etc. that she likes to figure out.

The set that we purchased is for Volume I and includes the following:
  • Paperback book
  • Teacher's Manual
  • Activity Book
  • Test Book
  • Dramatized audio book with over 7 hrs. of listening
  • Video Lecture Series on each chapter
  • Laminated Timeline

This is the timeline which provides a great visual resource for the kids.  Sorry, the timeline is big and was hard to fit the entire thing in the picture.

Here is a sample of what you will get in the Activity book.  It provides different maps, crafts, crossword puzzles, etc. that correspond to the different chapters.  This is from the chapter about the Trojan Horse.  The child can color this and then follow the instructions and make an actual Trojan horse with the cutouts from the two pictures below.

This is a sample of one of the maps so that the children can learn a little geography and know what part of the world each event happened.  The Teacher's manual gives you guidance on how to navigate the map.  The child may have to find a specific river and trace it in blue or find a certain city and circle it in red.